Ralph van Raat


Ralph van Raat

Ralph van Raat is internationally recognised as an excelent concert pianist and soloist. His main focus lies with contemporary music.

Ralph van Raat has been completely fascinated by classical music of the twentieth century since the age of 14. Although his repertoire ranges from Bach to Boulez, his primary focus has always been on composers dating from Debussy, Bartók and Ives to present day masters. His aim is to convince his audiences of the immense beauty and diversity of music of our own time through solo recitals, lecture-recitals, concerto performances, CD-releases and special projects.Van Raat helps audiences identify with modern day composers by adhering to a classical approach: he firmly believes that a strong sense of classical structure as well as a refinement of tone is essential in conveying the logic and poetry of any music, certainly including his repertoire of choice…


Pianist and musicologist Ralph van Raat studied the piano with Ton Hartsuiker and Willem Brons at the Conservatory of Amsterdam and Musicology at the University of Amsterdam. During his piano studies Van Raat was admitted to the select “Provision for Outstanding Musicians”, a special training course for exceptional students. He graduated Cum Laude in piano as well as in musicology. As part of the Advanced Program of the Conservatory of Amsterdam, and funded by the Dutch cultural trust “Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds”, Van Raat studied with Claude Helffer in Paris, with Ursula Oppens at Chicago’s Northwestern University, with Liisa Pohjola in Finland and with Pierre-Laurent Aimard at the Musikhochschule in Cologne.


·         1995 Prinses Christina Concours (second prize and  Donemus-Prize)

·         1999 International Gaudeamus Vertolkers Concours (first prize)

·         2003 Phillip Morris Artprize

·         2005 Elisabeth Everts Prize

·         2005 VSCD Classical Music prize

·         2005 the Borletti-Buitoni Fellowship

·         2006 Fortis MeesPierson Award of the Concertgebouw


·         2001 Bart Spaan – Silencios (piano solo and tape)

·         2002/3 Eric Lotichius – Chamber Music and Chamber Music II (among others. Ralph van Raat)

·         2003 Rudolf Escher – Complete Music for Flute (with Marieke Schneemann fluit)

·         2004 Theo Loevendie, Guus Jansen, Louis Andriessen, e.o. – Fingerprints (piano solo)

·         2005 Louis Andriessen – Base (with Louis Andriessen piano)

·         2006 Robin de Raaff – Orchestral Works (with the KCO and the  Dutch Radio Chamber Orchestra)

·         2007 John Adams – Complete Piano Music (with Maarten van Veen piano)

·         2008 Frederic Rzewski – The People United Will Never Be Defeated! en Winnsboro Cotton Mill Blues

·         2008 Sir John Tavener – Complete Works for Piano Solo

·         2010 Hans Otte – Das Buch der Klänge